The Growth of a Bamboo Tree

The Growth of a Bamboo Tree

I heard a man named Les Brown recite a parable that went something like this:

A Chinese bamboo tree takes five years to grow. It has to be watered and fertilized in the ground where it has been planted every day. It doesn’t break through the ground for five years. After five years, once it breaks through the ground, it will grow 90 feet tall in five weeks! The question is did the Chinese bamboo tree grow 90 feet tall in five weeks or in five years? Says Les Brown, the answer is obvious, it grows 90 feet tall in 5 years. If at any time that person stopped watering and fertilizing that tree, it would die in the ground. Some people do not have the patience to wait for the tree to grow, yet many people do.

Growing a Collaborative Practice is like that. It takes time to establish. It needs to be attended to every day: honing skills through training; joining local practice groups; joining the IACP; going to forums and conferences; marketing; networking with fellow Collaborative Practitioners; creating an elevator speech, publishing online and in paper, changing the approach to client consultations; helping clients envision possibilities that exist.

Many people have been watering and fertilizing their Collaborative seeds for many, many years; maybe without visible results. Then, suddenly, their Collaborative practices show signs of growth and the Practice blossoms.

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5 Responses

  1. Insightful and inspirational commentary. Don’t give up and stay the course! Les Brown got it right in terms of life and developing a collaborative law practice. It made my day. Thank you Carolann.

  2. Thanks for this. Very important to reflect on this and a nice time of year to think of planting seeds.

  3. So true. Love the collaborative metaphor. The time is always NOW (THINK ABOUT IT!!) LUV YA!

  4. bamboo is the Chinese symbol for strength

  5. Bamboo is the Chinese symbol for strength.

    Germination is a process familiar to those of us who grew up amid the cornfields of the midwest— the potential stored within the seed that will burst forth in its right season.

    Carolann’s description is so true to my experience. It’s a matter of the leap of trust.

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